Bastardo to DL, Mathieson Up

mathieson.jpgThe Phillies have placed Antonio Bastardo on the DL with left elbow ulnar neuritis.

They recalled Scott Mathieson to take his place.

Bastardo, 24, is 0-0 with a 5.11 ERA in 16 appearances. Mathieson, 26, is 2-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 12 saves in 25 appearances with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Mathieson had a 0.79 ERA in his first 19 appearances.

This completes Mathieson’s grueling journey back to the big leagues. He went 1-4 with a 7.47 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) with the Phillies in 2006. His struggles led to the Phillies acquiring Jamie Moyer. Mathieson injured his right elbow Sept. 2, 2006, and had Tommy John surgery Sept. 29. He made seven rehab appearances in August 2007, but felt more discomfort and required ulnar nerve transposition Sept. 24, 2007.

Mathieson had his second Tommy John surgery in 2008.

The chances of returning to the big leagues following two Tommy John surgeries are slim, but Mathieson did it. He’s back. And I know fans have been eager to see him pitch at the big-league level again.


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I would like to quote phan52 from the day the Yankees series began: “I am confident that they can win tonight, but the pitching matchups for the next two games are a certified joke. So, of course, they will probably lose tonight and win the other two. It’s baseball.” Awesome call my friend! Kendrick and Moyer should be renamed Crap and Shoot. They can fight over which is which.

I don’t care what you call Moyer and Kendrick. All that matters is the Phils WON 2 out of 3 VS the Yankees because both of these guys outpitched Halladay. Perhaps it’s best to appreciate the way these 2 guys pitched, for once.

I hope Scott will be able to make the best of this chance at pitching in the Bigs by keeping his arm healthy and not trying to make up for a year and a half each time he goes out there and pitches for the Phils….

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